QUOTE(lorraineliyanage @ Apr 25 2012, 09:01 AM)
I am thinking about starting some Peri teaching work at a school locally. The school says that there is a contract between the Music dept and the student, but not currently one with the school and the peri teacher. As I am being paid by the school, I am keen to get something in writing with the school so that the terms and condition for payment, missed lessons, sickness etc are clear from the beginning. Could anyone give any details of their contract with the schools if you have one?
The school is wrong. If you are providing a service (teaching music) and it is the school that is paying, then ther IS a contract between you, and any court would see it that way. They may not have a written document available, but that is just slackness on the school's part.
You NEED a contract, so that both you and the school are clear about your mutual obligations, and what redress you (or they) have if the other party fails to meet their obligations. If the school won't provide one you should provide your own and get the school to agree it.
It is not a solution for the school to claim that your contract(s) are with the students or their parents, because you are using the school premises, and the school is collecting the fees on your behalf, so even if you have a set of agreements with the parents, there still has to be a contract between you and the school that spells out what each of you is to do for the other.